RESUME & INTERVIEW
There are many free resume builders online and TESOL Voyages recommends several of them. It will benefit you to experiment to find the style you like the best. Start to finish you can have a good one in ten minutes –if you have all your information at hand and have decided how you want to present yourself.
These services have professional templates you can choose from and some have models for cover letters.
Create a few and ask some friends to help you choose the best.
There will probably be some kind of interview from any school that considers hiring you. It may be a telephone interview, a Skype interview, or the school has someone nearby that will talk with you.
In any case it makes sense to look at possible interview questions, understand what is really being asked and prepare answers, even general answers, so you won’t be unprepared.
The following questions are some of the most popular questions you’ll hear from a job interviewer.
1. What do you know about our school?
2. Can you tell me how you would deal with a problem in class?
3. What were some of the things you did not like about your last position?
4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments as a teacher?
5. How do you accept criticism?
6. What is the most difficult situation you have faced?
7. What are some of the things that bother you about coworkers?
8. Do you prefer working with others or alone?
9. How do you get along with different types of people?
10. Can you give me an example of a project that didn’t work out well?
With these questions the interviewer is trying to discover your level of confidence, do you have a good understanding of people and the job. Are you dependable? The interviewer wants to know how well you will fit into a school. A teacher might be very good in class, and well liked by students, but difficult for administration and staff to work with.
THE TRICKY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. Would you tell me a little about yourself?
2. What would you like to be doing in five years?
3. Why should we choose you as a teacher?
4. Why do you want to work here?
5. How would other people describe you?
6. What is your greatest strength as a teacher?
7. What is your greatest weakness?
8. If we choose you, when can you start?
It is a good idea to sit down and prepare answers for these kinds of questions. There are no perfect answers so you need to prepare a general answer that you can tailor to the situation and look comfortable.
After you have prepared answers, talk with your friends, they will suggest more things to add. It is hard to brag about yourself but necessary in an interview or on a resume.
If you have had little experience teaching, talk about your other experiences. Have you led groups in your city, volunteered with children, led groups in college? It is these experiences that show your real skills.
After you are satisfied check out the online sites for interview skills—these will have suggestions for good answers to the above questions. Be prepared!